Category - Non Edison Cylinder Phonos
The term “one-of-a-kind” is overused, as is the word “unique.” This installation of the only two known Cameraphones and a 1908 Powers No.5 projector cannot be duplicated anywhere else in the world. As historical artifacts of an early, failed commercial attempt to synchronize sound with moving pictures, these Cameraphones are unique; one-of-a-kind. The Cameraphone Company was incorporated in New York City in 1907, but operations ceased within only a couple of years. In practice, the two Cameraphones (modified Type “BC” Graphophones) were electrically connected to the film projector (a Powers No. 5 was included in one of the available outfits). One Cameraphone played a record while the operator cued up the next record on the other machine. A second operator kept the projector going by hand-cranking. It was a cumbersome arrangement, doomed to failure, but it represents one of the earliest commercial attempts to bring about the motion picture experience we now take for granted.